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Study: Bennies satisfied with CB

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - A new study that CMS will soon send to Congress flies in the face of providers who argue that competitive bidding decreases the quality of service beneficiaries receive.

Who fleeced who?

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06/30/2002

Here's what the NBC Nightly News
"Fleecing of America" report, and the other national media outlets, didn't tell America last month after Sen. Tom Harkin blitzed them with another VA / Medicare cost comparison report.

Question & Answer

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06/30/2002

TALLAHASEE, Fla. - The state's providers have put the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which administers the Medicaid program, in the hot seat for competitively bidding oxygen equipment and supplies and hospital beds.

Reviewing HIPAA's trail markers

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06/30/2002

The past couple of months I have been rambling along about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) trail.

Study: Demand for dressings to grow

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06/30/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. - As the U.S. population ages, demand will continue to rise for advanced dressings used to treat chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and diabetic ulcers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

Tight oxygen market spawns new tactics

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06/30/2002

Despite a long-standing "gentleman's agreement" between home oxygen providers to not pursue each other's patients directly, external market forces are apparently causing some companies to break from that tradition and engage in more aggressive practices.

New warehouse to serve as foundation of Medco coalition

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06/30/2002

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Medco Group, a new marketing company that plans to build a coalition of small to mid-sized mobility and DME vendors, signed a lease on an 11,000-square-foot warehouse and offices here in June.

CBO estimates comp. bidding would save $7.7B

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - A provision for a national competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment contained in a bill by the House Ways and Means Committee would save Medicare $7.7 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Have oxygen, will travel - maybe

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - The industry appeared to make some headway in late May when HME representatives met with Department of Transportation officials to discuss revamping travel oxygen restrictions.

AHCA releases winners in Fla. competitive bidding project

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06/30/2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The administrator of the Medicaid program released its "notice of intent to award" bids for oxygen equipment and supplies and hospital beds to five providers last month.

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